3.1.2 Head position
The Wetterhoun hunts with a semi-high head position, regularly adopting a high head position to better catch scent. Depending on the field and weather conditions, the head position can be higher or lower. Under certain circumstances, ground scent checks are permitted.
3.1.3 Search pattern
The Wetterhoun must show perseverance and exude courage. He quarters in a small range and should work within effective gun range, so he stays within approx. 30-40 meters while hunting, and remains in contact with the handler/hunter. He searches through a plot cautiously, freely, but intelligently, making great use of the wind, which does not always look methodical. Scent is regularly verified when hunting. After verification he will quickly resume quartering. The range of his quartering is adjusted to the field and vegetation.
If there is no game, it seems as if he’s hunting without any pattern – or seemingly carelessly. However, that is not the case; his amazing sense of smell has already told him that there is nothing there. The fact that a Wetterhoun adapts its search pattern, its work pace and degree of concentration to the changing conditions of terrain, game, and wind, testifies to his sense of hunting; this characteristic is highly appreciated.
3.1.4 Contact with game
The Wetterhoun that encounters game must -after quick verification- draw attention to the game and flush it immediately and vigorously. Drawing attention can be a very short lift of a front leg, or the head moves in the direction of the game, or there is firm tail action.
The Wetterhoun has a fine nose to ‘printsjen’ (Frysk): excellent game finding abilities, also to follow a trail with scent marks on the ground and in the air. With the game in sight the Wetterhoun can give bay, or in Frysk ‘the Wetterhûn slacht troch’. This ‘trochslaan’ is a high-pitched, terrifying bark and a clue to the hunter. Feather and fur game will be flushed immediately. With big game a Wetterhoun gives a specific bark and bayes-up the game until the hunter arrives. Predators should also be bayed-up and often the Wetterhoun will instinctively strangle it.